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Shaka Memorial

The Shaka Memorial is a provincial heritage site in Stanger in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It marks the resting place of the Zulu King Shaka near the site where he was assassinated by his half-brothers Dingane and Mhlangana while sitting on a rock near the barracks at his capital Dukuza.[1]

Shaka Memorial
Coordinates 29°20′24.19″S 31°17′40.1″E / 29.3400528°S 31.294472°E / -29.3400528; 31.294472Coordinates: 29°20′24.19″S 31°17′40.1″E / 29.3400528°S 31.294472°E / -29.3400528; 31.294472
Location KwaDukuza/Stanger, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Opening date 1932
Dedicated to Shaka

According to the 1938 Government Gazette, the monument was made in Newcastle and erected in 1932 on the site of King Shaka's grave.[2]

Adjacent to the memorial is the rock on which King Shaka was alleged to be sitting at the time of his assassination on 22 September 1828.[3] It was rolled across the street from its original site to where it now lies.[4] The date is commemorated by a gathering at the memorial in honour of King Shaka led by the Zulu king, his warriors and dignitaries.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Detailed account of Shaka's life and death, accessed 5 May 2012
  2. ^ South African Heritage Resource Agency database
  3. ^ This Day in History, 22 September 1828, accessed 5 May 2012
  4. ^ King Shaka Memorial Visitor Info, accessed 5 May 2012
  5. ^ King Shaka Day celebrations, accessed 5 May 2012

External linksEdit

External image
  Photo of the memorial from Amafa/KwaZulu-Natal Heritage